Digital skills are talk of town
DIGITAL skills are the focus of the next ‘Weave Town Talk’ organised to promote the digital and creative sector in the town.
As part of the Shift programme of digital activity, the Weave Town Talks programme brings high-profile sector leaders to the region, to stimulate debate and discussion on the creative and digital sector and raise the profile of these industries in Cheshire East.
The third event, which takes place at Macclesfield Town Hall on Thursday, July 13, will showcase how the region has pioneered the growth of expertise in digital skills.
The Skills Funding Agency predicts that within 20 years 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills to boost productivity.
Research from Ofcom, the communications and broadcast media watchdog, shows that all ages are spending more hours online per week – ranging from 30 hours online for people aged 16-24 to 15 hours for over 65s.
However, more than half of over-75s do not go online and have no plans to do so, reflecting the need to ensure all ages are catered for.
Julian Cobley, managing director of the Skills and Growth Company, an arms-length body created by Cheshire East Council, said: “Cheshire East has a growing creative and digital sector, with 2,000 businesses employing more than 7,500 people.
“The Weave Town Talks programme has been designed to enable greater networking and collaboration across the sector and ensure its future growth.”
The event runs from 6.30pm to 9pm. Future events will explore the built environment, raising capital and boosting creativity.
To book free places at this talk, and forthcoming talks, visit www.weave.org. uk and click on the ‘Town Talks’ link.